Why Latin America Didn’t Join Washington’s Counterterrorism Posse

By: Monday February 18, 2013 6:30 pm

There was a scarcely noted but classic moment in the Senate hearings on the nomination of John Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism “tsar,” to become the next CIA director. When Senator Carl Levin pressed him repeatedly on whether waterboarding was torture, he ended his reply this way: “I have a personal opinion that waterboarding is reprehensible and should not be done. And again, I am not a lawyer, senator, and I can’t address that question.”

How modern, how twenty-first-century American!


Chavez Re-Election Shows How Media Does Not Like It When Washington Consensus Loses

By: Monday October 8, 2012 12:00 pm

Hugo Chavez was elected to a fourth term on October 7. The victory immediately set off a flurry of United States media reports noting alleged inequities in Venezuelan elections that permit Chavez to continue to hold power.

Julian Assange on Sweden, Persecution of WikiLeaks and Decay of Rule of Law

By: Friday August 31, 2012 3:41 pm

n an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Julian Assange addresses the political persecution he faces from the United States, why Ecuador was right to grant asylum, the Swedish case against him and the efforts to marginalize the WikiLeaks organization by refusing to consider it a journalistic organization or by accusing it of having “blood on its hands” for releasing documents.

Julian Assange vs. ‘The Free World’

By: Monday August 20, 2012 6:30 pm

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief who was granted asylum by Ecuador, delivered a speech from a balcony on the embassy building on August 19. It was a speech where he expressed immense gratitude to Ecuador, Latin American countries, the Ecuador embassy staff, supporters who had demonstrated outside the embassy, his supporters all over the world, WikiLeaks staff and his family. The speech also called out the US government for waging a war on whistleblowers, which Assange urged the government to end now.

I appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live last night to discuss the speech and why Ecuador granted Assange asylum. The host was Dotun Adebayo, a Nigerian-born British radio host who hosts the show, “Up All Night.”

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Banana Republic Legacy Thrives in Today’s Latin America

By: Sunday February 19, 2012 6:45 am

The term “banana republic” has become a cliche to describe economic imperialism throughout history, but the legacy of colonialism persists in Latin America today. The tradition of predatory capitalism echoed in the recent death of Miguel Angel González Ramírez, a member of the Izabal banana workers’ union SITRABI in Guatemala.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism

By: Sunday April 24, 2011 1:59 pm

What makes Ha-Joon Chang’s new book, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, such a joy to read, is not the challenge it poses to the bad economics that undergirds global finance, though it does precisely that. Just as Thomas did nearly 40 years ago, Chang’s book succeeds, fundamentally, because it challenges the dead language that is used to market as progress our growing political discontent.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen Partridge, Cambridge Companion to Baseball

By: Saturday April 2, 2011 1:59 pm

Today, we are joined by Stephen Partridge, one of the editors of The Cambridge Companion To Baseball.

Have I mentioned recently that I love baseball? I fit the definition of “avid fan” (pg 35) in that I follow the sports statistics but have not gone the route of the fantasy league fan (described as “rabid”). I can watch a baseball game at any level of play from Little League up to the Major Leagues and enjoy the game as it is. I have multiple shelves on my bookcases with both fiction and non-fiction baseball books. I own and re-watch a number of baseball themed movies.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ian Bremmer, The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?

By: Saturday May 29, 2010 2:00 pm

[Welcome author Ian Bremmer, and Host Daniel Altman] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.  - bev] The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? Ian Bremmer, head of the Eurasia Group consulting firm, has his [...]

Come Saturday Morning: The Coup Next Door

By: Saturday October 24, 2009 7:30 am

Why is the Brazilian embassy in Honduras under siege? Because it’s sheltering Honduras’ rightful president, Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, and his family.

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